River Oaks School of Dancing turns 10; Local Table opens in Garden Oaks and other local business news

Food options at Local Table, which opened in Garden Oaks Dec. 15, include the kebab plate. (Courtesy Jenn Duncan)
Food options at Local Table, which opened in Garden Oaks Dec. 15, include the kebab plate. (Courtesy Jenn Duncan)

Food options at Local Table, which opened in Garden Oaks Dec. 15, include the kebab plate. (Courtesy Jenn Duncan)

A number of new businesses have recently opened or are coming soon in the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose and surrounding areas. Meanwhile, a long-standing school of dance is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

1. River Oaks School of Dancing will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Dec. 17. The business, located at 2621 S. Shepherd Drive, Ste. 200, Houston, offers private lessons for a number of occasions, including wedding dance lessons, social dancing and lessons for competitive dancing. Antonio Conde, who runs the school with his wife, Kim Conde, said the couple is grateful for the community support the business has received over the years. The business temporarily suspended group lessons during the coronavirus pandemic but is looking to bring them back soon, Kim said. 713-529-0959. www.riveroaksdancing.com

2. The newest location of Local Table is now open as of Dec. 15 in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area at 2003 W. 34th St., Houston. The eatery, Local Table's fourth in Houston, focuses on dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients, including seafood, wood-stone pizzas, sandwiches, and gluten-free and vegetarian options. The 6,400-square-foot building features a large private dining room for rent. 281-867-6257. www.eatatlocaltable.com

3. Mendocino Farms, a fast-casual restaurant known for its wide-ranging and seasonally-inspired menu options, opened Dec. 14 in the M-K-T Heights development at 600 N. Shepherd Drive, Ste. 495, Houston. The eatery specializes in sandwiches and salads that range from traditional to more adventurous options. The menu also features grain bowls, including the new Chimichurri Steak & Shishito Bowl, made with roasted steak and ancient grains tossed with caramelized onion jam, chimichurri, baby spinach, roasted shishito peppers, broccolini, tomatoes, red onions and grilled lemon. 713-595-8972. www.mendocinofarms.com

4. Houston native Kirthan Shenoy and his wife, Kripa Shenoy, will open Auden, a new restaurant coming to Autry Park next spring. Auden will offer a vegetable-forward menu with dishes that pay homage to Houston as a globally diverse city. The menu itself will be constantly evolving with a focus on sustainability, freshness and seasonality. Read more about the venture here.


5. Developer Levey Group acquired a 90-year-old boutique Montrose office building in November with plans to renovate and add amenities. Located at 4500 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, just south of Richmond Avenue, the 8,791-square-foot building features a kitchen and hardwood floors. Levey will add a fitness center, third-floor balcony lounge and game room. Levey will occupy the first floor of the building once renovations are complete while the other two floors will be leased to other tenants.

6. Sesh Coworking has plans to move into a new 20,000-square-foot space in January at 2808 Caroline St., Ste. 201, in Houston's Midtown area. The female-centered and LBGTQ-affirming space will increase its size tenfold with the move. The new location will feature 25 offices, three conference rooms, four phone booths, an amphitheater, library, demo kitchen, pop-up retail shop, locker room with showers and interactive art installations. Members will be able to access the space 24/7. Office spaces can accommodate teams of up to 15 people. The offices are currently located on West Clay Street in Houston. 281-764-9380. www.seshcoworking.com